Peru: Lima

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IMG_2918-001We only planned a few days on our arrival and departure from Peru to stay in the main city of Lima. From travel advise on the internet, most people didn’t recommend staying here for more than a day. Possibly because our expectations weren’t too high, we were pleasantly surprised by Lima. It’s a huge city comprised of 30 smaller cities. We found a guesthouse in Miraflores, which is considered to be one of the nicest areas in the city. Our guesthouse was a bit old and in need of repairs, but was in a great location. We were able to walk to many places. Our first day was all about setting up the next few weeks of our time in Peru; visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu, and other points of interest.

The Franciscan church and monistary, we toured the catacombs under the church - the place was full of skulls and thigh bones

The Franciscan church and monistary, we toured the catacombs under the church – the place was full of skulls and thigh bones

After visiting a few travel agents and getting some really high quotes and some super fast paced itineraries, we decided we would fly to Cusco and make arrangements once we arrived. This gave us a free day to explore Lima. We signed up for a city tour and really enjoyed getting a chance to see the other neighborhoods of the city. We saw the main squares of St. Marin Plaza, Congress Plaza, Sanctuary of Pachacamac (pre-Inca ruins), and the catacombs at the monastery of San Francisco. We enjoyed hanging out in Kennedy Park, where we had a delicious lunch at a reasonable price. We are looking forward to a few more days here at the end of our time in Peru.

DSCN0449-001After spending a few weeks traveling around Peru, we returned to Lima for a few days before our flight to Costa Rica. We decided to take this time to recuperate and get caught up on school work. This time we decided to stay in the San Isidro neighborhood. We found a really nice apartment in a boutique hotel. San Isidro is one of the financial neighborhoods of the city. It was nice to not be in a touristy area for a change. One of the sites that we didn’t get to see our first time here was Parque de la Reserva it is a beautiful with park with the “Circuito Magico del Agua”. a fun water show at night.

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The park has 13 fountains and at night they light up the fountains and put on a show. Unfortunately,the crown jewel of the park “La Fuente de la Fantasia” was closed for maintenance the day we visited. The man at our hotel suggested that we watch it on You Tube, so if you’re interested in seeing the water show go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFFB3I5a3TM it’s pretty cool. Despite missing the main attraction we still enjoyed the park and had a wonderful walk around the park watching the other 12 fountains.

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